2014 Mazda Mazda 6
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Just like the Takeri Concept

by from Scottsdale, AZ on February 15, 2013

Have the 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring in Liquid Silver and just love the car. The ride is so nice, has very nice details on the fit and finish. Everything about the looks from the outside are just like ...
Have the 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring in Liquid Silver and just love the car. The ride is so nice, has very nice details on the fit and finish. Everything about the looks from the outside are just like the Takeri Concept. Great Looking car, unlike the Boring Sedans out there (Accord, Camry, Altima) The 6 speed transmisision shifts very nice, some might say to early but that is for MPG. If you want it to shift later, just use the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The Radar Cruise Control works great. Leather seats are so soft and plush. The backing up sensors for cross traffic really work great. Saved me a few times already. Do yourself a favor and drive the car you will see why I'm a Mazda Owner for Life.
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Best 4 cylinder midsize

by from hawai on February 13, 2013

This car is fun to drive-it handles better than the Accord Sport and Mazda's new six speed auto trans one of the best in the midsize class (it is superior to the Honda and Nissan Cvts). i also like th...
This car is fun to drive-it handles better than the Accord Sport and Mazda's new six speed auto trans one of the best in the midsize class (it is superior to the Honda and Nissan Cvts). i also like the fact that push button start is standard on all trm levels unlike the Accord whichonlygives you this feature on its upper trim levels. mazda has the 60/40 split folding rear seat.Honda only has a one piece folding seat. styling wise he Mazda completely outclasses the dated, bland and uninspired styling of the Accord.
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Great Bang for the Buck

by from Denver, CO on March 13, 2014

I replaced an 05 Mazda6 5 door (hatchback) with a Soul Red i sport w/ auto trans. I went with the i sport as I prefer cloth seating to leatherette or leather and don't like the electronic features fou...
I replaced an 05 Mazda6 5 door (hatchback) with a Soul Red i sport w/ auto trans. I went with the i sport as I prefer cloth seating to leatherette or leather and don't like the electronic features found in the touring or grand touring models. The i sport is certainly not a "stripped" model. The 05 is one of the best cars I have ever owned. It has never been in the shop other than for common maintenance. I will miss the hatchback feature. That car could swallow all kinds of things. While The trunk on the new 6 is a good size it's nothing like the old hatchback's capabilities and flexibility. I recently returned from a road trip from Denver to San Francisco bay area and return. What better way to learn about a new car than putting some real time behind the wheel. First I can say the new car handles great. Where my old 6 tended to understeer (felt heavy and pushed a little) the new one is more neutral. The ride is firm but certainly not harsh. Seating is comfortable and I didn't find myself constantly repositioning my posterior after long hours behind the wheel. All in all it proved to be a good car for a long road trip. The additional 20 or so horsepower in the new 6 is impressive and I found the new 6 speed auto transmission to be well matched to the new motor. The car pulled significant mountain grades in the Sierras and Rockies with ease and with minimal gear searching. Up shifts are hardly felt especially in the higher gears. A nice feature is the automatic downshift to maintain speed on long "downhill" grades when using cruise control. I should note that this only seems to work at speeds over 70 mph or so. Gas mileage was pretty good as well. On one tank we drove from Elko, NV to Monterey, CA (well over 600 miles) and averaged 39.5 mpg per the trip computer. The trip computer proved to be quite accurate as we hand calculated each tank and both were within a few tenths of a gallon of each other every time. While that tank included a lot of 75 mph speeds, long downhills, and HWY 101 congestion (55 to 60mph speeds), other higway tanks averaged 34 to 36 mpg which I believe is what one will get for the highway (at interstate speeds) for gas mileage. 38 mpg is probably obtainable at 60 to 65 mph on normal (flatter) roads and without headwinds. This is a significant improvement over the old 6 which averaged 28 to 31 mpg on the highway. The new 6's city gas mileage is also much better than the old one with 27 to 30 mpg being realistic compared to the old cars 23 to 24 mpg. In summary, this is a lot of car that is very economical, especially for it's size, and has a relatively low entry price.
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Veni, vidi, vehi domi

by from St. Louis on April 6, 2013

I came, I saw, I drove it home. The new Mazda 6 for 2014 is amazing. The cockpit is sporty and attractive with quality soft touch materials and well arranged gadgets. I compared to new Ford Fusion, Bu...
I came, I saw, I drove it home. The new Mazda 6 for 2014 is amazing. The cockpit is sporty and attractive with quality soft touch materials and well arranged gadgets. I compared to new Ford Fusion, Buick Regal, Toyota Camry, and VW Jetta. The new 6 was roomier in back, had better front seats, and even the loaded grand cruising trim line is affordable. The new 6 beat them all in handling, ride, and fun factor. The new SkyActiv 2.5 liter four cylinder engine has a little less oompf than the V6 or turbo 4 offerings of the competition but far exceeds any one other natural breathing 4 cylinder. The SkyActiv has good low end torque - better than the old 2.5 liter and the mileage rating is impressive and real. Rated for 28 around town and 38 on highway we are getting about 32 in mixed driving. The new cruise controls, blind spot warning, backup camera, and sound system stomp the competition. My only complaint is the stodgy old TomTom navigation system and lack of a compass - the Nav compares poorly to the in dash navigators in competitor cars and its capability matches with the $100 low end TomTom system you can get at Radio Shack.
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Best 2014 mid-size sedan for the money

by from Finger Lakes, NY on September 6, 2013

Purchased my 2014 Soul Red Mazda 6 Grand Touring a month ago, didn't even have Mazda on my radar when we first started looking for a new vehicle to downsize from our 2008 crossover/SUV. I test drove a...
Purchased my 2014 Soul Red Mazda 6 Grand Touring a month ago, didn't even have Mazda on my radar when we first started looking for a new vehicle to downsize from our 2008 crossover/SUV. I test drove a Subaru Impreza, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion - no Toyota Camry, thank you, I'm not that old yet! :) - all decent vehicles, but nothing that really had that "wow" factor. We happened to see a commercial for the 2014 Mazda 6, read a few reviews online, and decided to check it out. As soon as I saw the vehicle, I was impressed - the design of the car, especially from the sides with the way the fenders curve and the way the headlights look, seems like it should belong to a much more expensive vehicle, beautiful! After years of driving four cylinder vehicles (our previous car was a gas/electric hybrid), 184 horsepower seemed like a lot of power! I do have to admit that this car can be a little slow in getting up to speed from a full stop, but because I tend to have a bit of a leadfoot, that probably is a positive thing for me. But when you're up around 55 MPH and you want to pass someone, this vehicle picks it up in a heartbeat, with very smooth acceleration, watch that speedometer! It handles like a dream, I can slow down right before a 30 mph curve and then accelerate pretty fast into it with no feeling that the car is going to slip out of the turn, no need to tap my brakes like that Kia Optima in front of me. The interior features are just as nice - the Grand Touring has the heated and infinitely adjustable front seats, the sunroof, all of the controls are within easy reach, and I love the Pandora system that comes with it - I just turn on my phone and listen to any genre of music that I've set up, and it's commercial-free while in the car. I have almost 1000 miles on this vehicle already (80% of that is city driving),and have only filled up the gas tank twice - with my previous hybrid vehicle I was going to the gas station about every five days. I find myself taking the long way home from work on the backroads every day because I just enjoy driving this car so much, I don't want to get out of it! To sum it up, I couldn't ask for anything more than what I've gotten with this vehicle - great styling, super fuel efficiency, a smooth, enjoyable cruising experience, and a lot of bells and whistles for the money - no other vehicle in this class comes close! Now if they ever get that diesel version over here in the States, we do have a truck to trade in....
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Zoom Zoom for real!

by from Chicago on November 25, 2013

Totally in love with the 2014 Mazda 6 with iEloop that I purchased three weeks ago. Totally trouble free so far. I used Costco Auto Buying Program for a stress free purchase. I'm totally impressed wit...
Totally in love with the 2014 Mazda 6 with iEloop that I purchased three weeks ago. Totally trouble free so far. I used Costco Auto Buying Program for a stress free purchase. I'm totally impressed with the interactive technology and voice activated commands. I have received many compliments on the appearance. The 19" wheels are killers. Excellent handling and plenty of "zoom zoom" from the 2.5 four. It is loaded with safety equiptment including Smart City Braking and Intelligent Cruise. For the price, l can't imagine a better driving or equipped car.
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My New Mazda 6 GT

by from DeKalb, IL on September 16, 2013

First, it's probably the most fun car to drive I've owned since my 1972 Camaro. Didn't think it could beat the Genesis; I was wrong. It feels light on it's feet and has more than plenty of power. It'l...
First, it's probably the most fun car to drive I've owned since my 1972 Camaro. Didn't think it could beat the Genesis; I was wrong. It feels light on it's feet and has more than plenty of power. It'll do 70 in a seeming heartbeat; the fastest I had it was about 85 passing a minivan and was clearly not straining. For fun, I took MO Route 94, which parallels the Missouri River from Jefferson City to St. Charles, on the drive home. It's the sort of two lane road that really shows off a car's ride & handling characteristics -- a nice blend of straight flats and hilly twisties, usually with minimal traffic. The 6 was an absolute hoot to drive on it. It handled the curves, often combined with hills and dips, better than the Genesis. It corners flat as a pancake, and with the torque of the DI engine absolutely powers out of bends like a sports car. While I wouldn't say it rides better than the Genesis, at least on freeway stretches, it does have a firmness to it that inspires confidence when the going gets a little lumpy (the Genesis would get a little out of character in such situations, bounding and rolling a bit). The 6 takes a bump with one thump and that's it -- no rebounding or pitching. The paddle shifters are actually more useful than I expected, especially when the road gets a little twisty. Second, the seating is about perfect for my size/build. The seat bolsters are just right in holding me from shifting or sliding in the curves. And the firmness is spot-on, considerably more "accommodating" than the Honda Accords I drove earlier. There's plenty of leg room for me and a full size passenger behind me. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the nicely padded door and console armrests -- as comfortable as those on the Genesis. I reset the trip computer at the beginning of the drive to Lake of the Ozarks and checked the fuel economy read out when I got to Camdenton -- 40.2 mpg. I hadn't filled up since picking up the car -- the average mpg for the first (and second, by the way) tanks was 36.6 mpg, and both included a hundred miles or so of putting around town. Will be interesting to see how good it gets when the thing really gets broken in. In any case, 500+ miles per tank is a piece of cake regardless of where it's being driven.
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Awesome Ride

by from Northwest Indiana on March 9, 2014

I purchased my Mazda 6 Touring shortly after it hit the market in 2013. Now, almost a year later, I can say I'm as happy with my choice now as I was the day I drove it off the lot. The car has killer ...
I purchased my Mazda 6 Touring shortly after it hit the market in 2013. Now, almost a year later, I can say I'm as happy with my choice now as I was the day I drove it off the lot. The car has killer looks, nimble and confident handling, a well organized and attractive interior and excellent fuel economy. I do about 70/30 highway to city driving and I am averaging 34.2 mpg. The only minor negatives I have are seats that could be a bit more comfortable over long distances and a desire for a drive train with a little more pick up at low speeds. In total though this car is a home run. Great styling in a sedan that combines sport with function, the Mazda 6 has personality plus compared to the soulless competitors in its class.
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Best Bang for Your Buck Hands Down!

by from Dover, Delaware on September 5, 2013

I have had my Mazda6 Grand Touring for about 3 months now and I have logged over 7K on it in that time. It replaced a 2012 Toyota Camry SE that was totaled in a flood. Interior: The interior is spaci...
I have had my Mazda6 Grand Touring for about 3 months now and I have logged over 7K on it in that time. It replaced a 2012 Toyota Camry SE that was totaled in a flood. Interior: The interior is spacious and very well put together with almost everything being soft touch materials. I test drove 23 different new vehicles before driving the new 6 and even fully loaded with every option in the Grand Touring trim it was less than 30K out the door and had options that even the much more expensive BMW's and Mercedes didn't have (huge waste of money in my opinion, whoever thought of creating a car where the oil has to be sucked out of it, and at the dealership of course, because of a lack of a drain plug needs to rethink their profession (BMW) ). The Tom-Tom navigation system is one of the best I've ever used and I am a long time Garmin user. The voice activated system works fast and easy at navigating to an address or calling someone. The 6 handles phenomenally in all weather conditions, stops fast when needed, and has the get up and go to get you out in traffic as well as put a smile on your face on those back country roads. As I like doing all of my own maintenance I was thoroughly impressed with the well thought out placement and setup of parts and best yet changing the oil was by far the best system and positioning of any car I've previously serviced, they actually use spin-on filters not the messy break easy cartridges that others are switching too. Even in traffic and spirited driving I still haven't averaged less than 29MPG and have a best fill up of 41.3MPG (calculated NOT by the onboard computer). As others have mentioned there is a little wind and road noise but compared to all of the other class leaders, Camry, Altima, Accord, Fusion etc., they are all very similar and it definitely isn't bad enough to deter from buying it. The Bose stereo in it has exterior noise cancelling built in to help keep things quiet as is. The styling was what caused me to walk in the dealerships door as I drove by the Mazda dealer I was trying to see what the good looking sedan was at the end of their lot. After test driving all of the competing class leader cars and being a former Camry and Accord owner, I was blown away by the sleek curves, stylish body lines, and use of high quality parts (doesn't sound cheap when you shut the door or trunk). When you pull up to a stop light next to an Altima or Camry or any of the others in the Midsize line up, you aren't blown away, and they don't catch your eye, they don't even look fun to drive. When you pull up next to a new 6 you think you're looking at a high end Maserati or Jaguar and are then shocked when you see Mazda's familiar badge on the back or front. The LED daytime driving lights look fantastic and are noticeable from a long way away so it helps deter those last minute traffic mergers from pulling out in front of you. Do yourself a favor even if you aren't or haven't been a Mazda fan, just go drive one, then go drive the others and you will be blown away. Toyota, Honda, Ford, Nissan, and all the others all make great well built cars (for the most part). Yes the Accord will give you a bigger touch screen but in return you get a horribly noisy CVT transmission. The Camry gives you a comprehensive 2 year maintenance plan but as a downfall you get outdated styling and an interior where plastic is all you see and subpar fuel economy when compared to the rest (in all fairness they are due for an update). The Altima was a close 2nd but the road feel was numb, the CVT about the same as the Accords still loud and awkward, their seats were however much plusher but that's because they are less sporty. The Fusion was a huge letdown, the interior seemed like it was assembled by several different people all trying to put their own unique stamp on things. Performance was subpar especially for a Ecoboost Turbo (costly if it breaks too) and the road handling was horrible, felt sluggish, and unresponsive, I was however glad to see that MyFord Touch has been updated (my wife has a Focus with the MyFord Touch...it's been a love hate relationship for all involved). All around i'm very happy with my Mazda6 and more than anything I like driving something that doesn't scream I work a mundane 9-5 job and just settled for what everyone else has, be bold and do it with a smile on your face and money in your wallet! Happy Driving!
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Pretty good so far..

by from Washington, D.C. on October 23, 2013

Pretty happy with this car so far. It handles well and pretty speedy but on the interstate the steering is all over the place and road and wind noise is pronounced.
Pretty happy with this car so far. It handles well and pretty speedy but on the interstate the steering is all over the place and road and wind noise is pronounced.
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